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Best Players To Be Knocked Out Of The UCL

Previously we made a 23-man squad of players from countries that didn’t qualify for the Euros. Now here’s our look at the best players who have been knocked out of the Champions League.

Goalkeeper

Mandatory 3 goalkeepers.

André Onana (Ajax)

Ajax conceded the least amount of goals of teams not progressing to the last 16 with Onana in net.

Samir Handanović (Inter)

In 6 games; 9 goals conceded, 2 clean sheets, the 2nd best record of keepers who won’t be in the last 16.

Andriy Pyatov (Shaktar Donetsk)

Shakhtar’s 3rd most capped player of all time.

Defenders

A lot of experience.

Vedran Ćorluka (Lokomotiv Moscow)

One of Croatia’s most capped players, the center-back retired from international football after the 2018 World Cup.

Milan Škriniar (Inter)

A commanding presence who can step into midfield.

Daley Blind (Ajax)

Reliable at left-back or in the middle.

Miha Blažič (Ferencváros)

414 passes completed, the highest amount of a player for any team to not progress.

Achraf Hakimi (Inter)

Originally a winger, Hakimi can play as a right or left fullback. Buckets of pace and a great passer.

Stefan de Vrij (Inter)

Played all 6 games for Inter, useful defender.

Nicolás Tagliafico (Ajax)

A left back with stamina to spare. The Argentine has been linked with big moves in recent years.

Midfielders

(We had included Dominik Szoboszlai who played for RB Salzburg, but he has since signed for RB Leipzig and will be eligible to play in the knockout rounds.)

A play-maker heavy selection.

Eduardo Camavinga (Stade Rennais)

The most exciting teenage midfielder in world football. Only 18, already an all around midfielder.

Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge)

Highest distance covered of players from teams that didn’t progress. Also scored 3 goals.

Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)

Similarly to De Gea in years gone, the red side of Manchester would be struggling greatly without Fernandes. Excellent playmaker who can start and finish a move.

Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax)

The 18 year-old got his first UCL goal this season.

Nicolò Barella (Inter)

Box-to-Box midfielder who is already a leader at such a young age.

Zlatko Junuzović (RB Salzburg)

Free-kick specialist.

Marcelo Brozović (Inter)

Does the deep-lying play-maker role well.

Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow)

Scored 3 goals for Lokomotiv, including the equalizer against Atleti and one against Bayern Munich.

İrfan Can Kahveci (İstanbul Başakşehir)

Scored 3 goals from outside the area, the most of anybody in the group stage.

Forward

Plenty of goals up front.

Dušan Tadić (Ajax)

3 Assists in the group stage, the experienced forward can play on the wing or in the middle.

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)

Joint top-scorer of the tournament so far with 6.

Romelu Lukaku (Inter)

2nd top scorer of teams that haven’t progressed with 4 goals.

Franck Boli (Ferencváros)

2 goals in 77 minutes, both coming in the 90th minutes of the respective games.

2020 Post to Post Sport Football awards

We had to wait until 2020 was officially over to give these out.

Irish Women’s Player Of The Year

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Denise O’Sullivan

If her name was El Sullinho she would win the Ballon d’Or.

Irish Men’s Player Of The Year

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Darren Randolph

The Keeper kept us in a lot of games in a difficult year.

Women’s National League Player Of The Year

She was awarded the real thing, she gets our vote too.

League Of Ireland Player Of The Year

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Roberto Lopes

Pico was a rock in the Shamrock Rovers backline.

League Of Ireland Goal of the Year

Easy award to give it. Jordan Flores got his leg higher than we can get our heads.

Women’s National League Goal Of The Year

Rachel Doyle of DLR Waves wasn’t even in picture when she stepped up to put this free away against eventual champions Peamount United.

Twitter Account of The Year

Not only will we be seeing Premier Division football in Ballyboffey next season, but Finn Harps will surely offer us more bants.

Celebration of the Year

The best way to celebrate is to walk away with a strut that says “I know I just scored, I do it all the time, it’s no big deal for me”. Vanessa Obonna managed to do that while highfiving her way through her teammates after a goal against Bohs.

LOI Pundit of the Year

We’re giving it to Stephen Henderson for his insightful commentary and because he won’t come back on the show if we don’t give him an award.

Resource of the Year

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Aaron of the WNL Show provides consistently excellent coverage of women’s football in Ireland. Without him we’d all be lost.

Football Pundit of the Year

Emma Duffy of the42.ie (an award winning journalist already as it happens) has given her time throughout the year despite having both a haircut and a real job. Always laughs at Ron’s shit jokes so we don’t have to.

Shithouse of the Year

It’s Steve, it’ll always be Steve.

Thank you to all our guests over the past year who helped us put together our football shows. Thank you to those who listened and supported the podcasts, particularly those who through their unwashed panties at the stage as we finished our performance. Taking a break from podcasting for January, but we will be back soon. Keep an eye on our blog in the mean time for regular content.